Title: Confessions of a Girl in the City
Author: Angelina King
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Pavillion / Anova
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
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About the Book:
The Confessions of a Girl trio of erotic novellas will immerse you in a sexy and stimulating world that you can’t wait to explore. Sassy, seductive and firmly embracing every girl’s right to fantasise and experiment with her sexuality, these books reveal what really turns a girl on (and for that reason alone, men will love them too!).
Toni has made a decision to get serious. She has reached a point in her life where she must either follow her passions or get left behind, and so she has gathered her courage and moved to London to follow her dream of becoming an actress. She begins taking evening classes to hone her craft and walks headfirst into a situation more intriguing than anything she could ever have imagined. Her acting teacher and mentor, Marcus, sees Toni’s unique potential amongst a class of average students. He singles her out for an assignment, in which he provides her with scenarios designed to assist with her acting. She must act out these scenarios outside the class and record them in a diary for her tutor to assess. As the exercise continues, however, Marcus’ attraction to Toni becomes more than just professional, and student and teacher become involved in a tense erotic game in which the lines between acting and reality become increasingly blurred.
Written with inclusions of diary entries, this is the story of Toni, a young woman that has moved to London to become an actress. Finding a drama class, she falls under the spell of Marcus, and the story of her self-improvement begins.
Firstly – the story jumped about quite a bit: it was difficult to see the interactions and the retelling of them in the diary entries. From there the problems with this book just escalated for me. Toni wasn’t a particularly empathetic character: she tended to feel more spoiled and immature, without a real sense of self-preservation.
Marcus was just creepy: his assignment of the diary with the intentions that he will read them, and his use of the information to play on the emotions and availability of the women in the group was predatory and wholly disturbing. Of course he’s going to be attractive to some – but the fact that this is a contemporary erotic story and there is no use of condoms was another moment of pause for me.
I didn’t find the sexual situations particularly enticing, perhaps because I had no connection with Toni, and the feelings for Marcus were not at all sympathetic, but even that didn’t work for me in this novella. This was a story that lacked in direction and focus, feeling very immature and wandering without real intent. Editing that focused on the direction for the story and develops Toni with an eye to increasing her empathy for readers would help this book make a better impression on readers.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.